The Christian’s vacation: leave Friday, stay gone till the next Saturday. Stay home Sunday. Go back to work Monday. Miss half a month in worship.
The Pastor’s vacation: leave Monday. Have 30 messages by the time you arrive at your vacation. Get calls all week. Return Saturday. Get back to work Sunday. Hear ‘where have you been all week’ from the people who missed half a month. Pound your head in a wall until you die.
Teachers and students in the Mecklenburg County Community Schools will not be in school Friday, but the official day off has nothing to do with Jesus Christ or Good Friday, according to a statement released on the school system’s website.“For absolutely no reason whatsoever, we are taking an arbitrary break that though correlates in time, is in no way related to the traditional Christian celebration of Jesus’s death and resurrection,” the statement reads. “There is also no association with the Jewish holiday of Passover. This break in no way celebrates or even acknowledges any religion, or that religions exist, or that people are religious. Or anything about God whatsoever.”
When asked about the coincidence in the comments section, a school spokesperson responded, “Oh, did that happen again? Our Spring Break always seems to fall on that day. Total accident.”
The spokesperson added she expects the schools’ Winter Break to arbitrarily and inadvertently occur at the same time as the celebration of Jesus’s birth, but the vacation days will have “absolutely nothing” to do with Christmas.
“It was a strange and dreadful strife, When life and death contended. The victory remained with life; The reign of death was ended…” — Martin Luther
… One of Martin Luther’s most famous Easter hymns begins in German with the words “Christ lag in Todesbanden” (Christ lay in the bonds of death). In its English translation it is sung to a hymn tune written by Luther and a friend, and it’s called, naturally enough, CHRIST LAG IN TODESBANDEN. (Hymn tune names are always written in ALL CAPS.) Except my mother never, ever called it that. She always called it “Christ lay on a toboggan,” just like she called the tune named LAUDA ANIMA “Laud my momma.”
And, as a reminder, ‘Maundy’ is a latinized form of the Greek μανδεώ which means ‘I command’. It’s taken from Jesus’ ‘a new commandment I give to you’… etc.